A carnival atmosphere will highlight a serious problem this weekend, as Birmingham Pride comes to town.
The theme this year will be 'It Gets Better', as the LGBT communities come together to help young people prevent suicides.
In a nod to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the carnival will be led by a Queen look-a-like, finishing with the unveiling of "crown jewels" for the Gay Village.
A rhino made entirely of rhinestone jewels will be revealed from the top of Wynner House, containing a memory stick of photos, stories, memories and poetry written by local gay people. Organisers hope that the £15,000 sculpture will serve as a time capsule.
The Carnival Parade route will go through Colmore Row, Bull Street, Temple Street, and New Street, before finishing right in the heart of the Gay Village.
The festivities begin at 12 noon, on the 2nd of June.